I walked into a historic hotel that I booked on Texas’ Gulf Coast. I was expecting the room to be a bit outside the normal, run of the mill hotel room. I flipped off my flip-flops and began walking around. This was a bad idea. The soles of my feet were soon the color of pavement. Clearly, the hotel hadn’t cleaned its hardwood floors in a few decades. I started to look around and quickly realized that was also a bad idea. Cobwebs and fallen insects are not exactly one’s dream on a beach vacation.
With each and every hotel experience, travelers are often met with varying degrees of cleanliness. An army of detailed housekeepers cleans some hotel rooms while others are left untouched since George Washington’s days. Before you go roaming around your hotel room and settle in for the night, be sure to take these steps to check out your hotel room’s clean scene.
Check the bed for bugs and other unwelcome guests: The minute I check into a hotel room, before bringing my suitcase beyond the inside of the door, I head straight for the bed. Bed bugs can lurk behind headboards or under the sheets along the mattress. While you might feel a bit ridiculous, these are unwelcome guests you don’t want to snuggle up to at night. Even if the bed checks out for bugs, take a look at the sheets. Do they look like they have been washed? If they look like they have seen a few guests before you, call down for a fresh batch.
Hold the phone and remote, literally: And before you make that call, take a look at the phone. Hotel phones can be littered in germs as they are frequently neglected in the cleaning process. Even if it looks clean, consider wiping it down with a baby wipe or some sort of disinfectant. Other travelers go so far as to travel with their own disinfectant to avoid getting sick. Television remotes can also be germ central in hotel rooms. You would hate to get sick just from the innocent action of changing the channel.
Toss the throw pillows off of the bed: Perhaps you have booked a hotel that prides itself on cleanliness. Many hotels advertise how intensively they clean as cleanliness is one of the most sought after features of a hotel for guests. Regardless of how clean the room may be, the throw pillows on the beds and chairs probably aren’t. These decorative pillows are frequently never washed, as they are just decorative. If your hotel room has one of those older bedspreads, usually of the floral, shiny quilt variety, ditch those as well. Bedspreads may also be cleaned infrequently.
Ask for a second cleaning or new room: In the case of my historic hotel stay in Texas, rather than just reciting to myself that this was just one night and I could handle all of the dust, I should have immediately asked for a second cleaning. Travelers check into hotel rooms that aren’t up to cleanliness standards and rather than saying something, they deal with it for the night. A room can easily be vacuumed and dusted a second time. If you aren’t pleased with the cleanliness of your room, don’t be afraid to speak up and make your hotel room a clean dream. Like buying a defective product, you can ask for a new room or for your room to be cleaned again. You are paying for it after all.
Like us on Facebook for more travel tips!
Get new posts delivered by email:
Top Travel Deals on RSS
3 Spots for Art Lovers in Mexico CityComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Mexico City is one of the most fascinating places I’ve visited, in large part because of its thriving art scene that is at once rooted in history and constantly changing. Whether you’re in the mood to browse or to buy, here are three spots that art lovers should definitely check out....read more
Celebrate iPod’s Birthday with the Ultimate Travel PlaylistComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Ever ‘built’ a perfect playlist for a vacation or road trip? Here’s a quick list of classic songs with epic ‘road lyrics’ to add to the mix and help you get in the mood for your next big adventure....read more
5 Essential Tips To Make Languages Easier To LearnComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
If you are struggling with learning a language or just thinking about picking up a new language, be sure you practice these five tips to make learning a little easier....read more
Heathrow Airport: Some Facts and FiguresComments: 1Rating: 0 / 0
Heathrow – it’s the airport I’m most apt to fly in and out of. Considering how much time I spend there, I thought it might be worthwhile to learn a bit more about the place. So, I took a moment to dig around online for some Heathrow facts and figures. Here’s a list of some of the more interesting bits of trivia I discovered....read more
European Politeness! How To Say ‘Please’ All Over EuropeComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Just as your mother probably taught you, being polite can go a long way, especially if you are traveling a long way around Europe. Before you take off, be sure you know how to say please all around the continent....read more
California: CST #2090295-40, Nevada: SOT #2007-0081, Iowa: SOT #883, Washington: SOT #6027859380010001
Some of the content posted herein are the views and opinions of the individual blogger's and do not represent the views and opinions of OneTravel. It may be the case that OneTravel is partnering with a particular travel supplier mentioned in a blog post, however, all views and opinions expressed herein by parties other then OneTravel are by the respective bloggers.
© 2014 W K Travel, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright for all material appearing on this website is owned by W K Travel, Inc. Persons accessing this website are authorized to view and print material from this website for information purposes only. Any other use of this material is restricted to non-commercial purposes and must include this copyright notice.
W K Travel Inc. owns the following Trademarks and Servicemarks appearing on this website:
OneTravel, OneTravel.com, and 1Travel. Trademarks and servicemarks for all other products and services appearing on this website are the trademarks and servicemarks of their respective owners.